2003-2004 Bow Season


Deer: Doe
Weight:
105 lbs.
Date:
September 27, 2003
Time:
6:00pm
Location:
Minor Hill, TN
Weapon:
PSE Bow
Arrow: Beman Carbon ICS Hunter - 300
Broadhead: Muzzy 115gr. - 4 blade
Treestand: Ladder Stand
Range: 25 yards
Distance Deer Traveled: 40 yards

The acorns weren't dropping, so I started looking for an alternative food source.  I was left with persimmon trees, browse and food plots.  The persimmon trees didn't reach out and grab me as a good place to be - browse is everywhere - so I decided to look at the food plots.  This plot is small, around 3/4 an acre, but the deer have nipped off every blade of grass in the plot - tons of tracks and droppings.  I decided to give it a try.  At 5:00pm, 3 deer entered the field from the opposite side - a big doe, fawn and medium doe.  They were feeding right toward me and of course very nervous entering an open plot.  The hard part was getting stood up with them in the field - it took 15 or more minutes.  They wandered around eating for a long time and finally a doe got to 35-yards from my stand.  I just didn't feel comfortable shooting at that distance.  It didn't feel right and I don't want to wound a deer.  She stayed around the 35-yard mark for 15 minutes or so giving me many shot opportunities - one time she was quartering away licking her opposite side with her eyes completely behind her body - I was thinking why couldn't she be a little closer.  She finally started feeding off away from me and I thought that was the end of it - I was still glad I didn't shoot.  She got to around 60-yards out and turned to look back in the woods to my left.  There's some squirrels in there and I think it got her curiosity up or she thought they had cut some acorns out of the trees - either way she walked straight toward the woods.  As she entered the woods, I saw one hole I could shoot through and guessed it to be 25-yards.  As she neared the hole I drew - she walked into the hole and stopped but was at a 45-degree angle toward me.  I had the sight buried in the good stuff so I shot.  It was a good hit and she ran 40-yards - that 4-blade 115gr Muzzy is awesome!  I looked at my watch and it was 6:03pm.  They'd been in the field for over an hour.  She didn't look that big on the hoof but weighed 105 lbs. on the scale.  The other doe was much bigger than her.  The kids are all excited ... the first thing they ask, "Can we make some jerky".

Food Plot - 75 yards by 45 yards
The deer have already nipped off every shoot of grass


Date: October 2, 2003
Location:
Minor Hill, TN
Turkey
Weapon:
PSE Bow
Arrow: Beman Carbon ICS Hunter - 300
Broadhead: Muzzy 115gr. - 4 blade
Treestand: Summit Cobra
Range: 30 yards
 

I found a red oak that was dropping a few acorns and had a little feeding sign.  I decided to hunt the tree and was setup at 2:45pm.  Around 4:00, I saw something coming through the woods and thought it was a raccoon due to the dark color.  There's a lot of small saplings all around with small holes to shoot through.  I finally saw it was a Jake turkey.  I stood up as it walked behind some small trees and got ready to shoot.  I picked out a spot ahead of the turkey to draw and as he walked behind the next set of trees I drew.  I guess him to be 35 yards - I center him between the 30 and 40 yard pins - the 30 was over his back and the 40 in front of his feet.  He was walking and I released the arrow.  The arrow went right over his back inline with the kill zone and he jumped a few times before walking off.  I got out my rangefinder and he was 30 yards instead of 35.  With a deer, I'd been about 3" high with meat in the freezer ... not so with a turkey.  A 150 pound deer has a little bigger kill zone than a 15 pound turkey :)

Tennessee allows one turkey (either sex) to be harvested during bow season.


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